May 13th, 2024

Mahaska Health honored local First Responders at its Main Campus on Saturday, May 4th, with a gathering, food, and a commemorative photo. Mahaska Health partnered with the county to call attention to the dedication and selflessness of its 911 dispatchers, police department, sheriff’s office, firefighters, paramedics, EMTs, emergency management, community emergency response team members, and volunteers.

As of May 6th, 2023, the first Saturday of every May is Mahaska County’s official ‘First Responders Day.’ Last year, Mayor Krutzfeldt made the declaration for an annual date to honor the men and women who put their lives on the line to serve the Mahaska County Community every day.

Five Hawgs food trucks, a favorite local BBQ business, served First Responders and their families’ lunch while Mahaska Health employees and volunteers gathered to
express gratitude for all those working to keep the community safe. Mahaska Health also recognized the family and friends of first responders who provide support for their loved ones.

“The efforts that our First Responders make is critical for the safety and health of our community,” shared Mike Lang, Emergency Services Director. “They play an essential, and irreplaceable role. To our first responders: we recognize the sacrifices you make and offer our sincere gratitude and appreciation.”

Mahaska Health is grateful to continue their tradition of honoring the community’s First Responders and expresses its ongoing thanks to those who serve and protect Mahaska County.

Mahaska Health Hosts Annual ‘First Responders Day’ Celebration 1

Pictured: Mahaska County First Responders and Mahaska Health Teams.

Photo Credit: Ken Allsup, Osky News.

About Mahaska Health:

Mahaska Health is committed to providing compassionate, patient-centered care, state-of-the-art facilities, and outstanding healthcare to Oskaloosa, surrounding communities, and the southeast Iowa region. With a caring and compassionate team of professionals, Mahaska Health is a physician and nurse-led hospital dedicated to the health and well-being of the communities we serve with kindness and empathy.